A Lot Happened This Week in American Politics. Here’s What You Need to Know.

A Lot Happened This Week in American Politics. Here’s What You Need to Know.

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From the news about Michael Cohen and Paul Manafort to developments in Congress, a lot happened this week in American politics. Here’s what you might have missed (and some links if you want to read further).

Michael Cohen pleaded guilty to federal fraud charges.

Michael D. Cohen, President Trump’s former lawyer, has pleaded guilty to violating federal campaign finance laws and has implicated Mr. Trump. Here is how their relationship has evolved.Published OnCreditCreditImage by Andres Kudacki for The New York Times

Michael D. Cohen, President Trump’s former lawyer, pleaded guilty in federal court on Tuesday to breaking campaign finance laws and other charges.

Mr. Cohen admitted that Mr. Trump had directed him to arrange payments to two women during the 2016 presidential campaign to keep them from speaking publicly about alleged affairs with Mr. Trump.

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Paul Manafort was found guilty on eight of the 18 charges brought against him.

President Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, was convicted of tax and bank fraud. But this wasn’t Mr. Manafort’s first public scandal.Published OnCreditCreditImage by Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Paul Manafort, Mr. Trump’s former campaign chairman, was convicted on Tuesday of five counts of tax fraud, two counts of bank fraud and one count of failure to disclose a foreign bank account.

A member of the jury said there was a single holdout who forced a mistrial on the other 10 charges that Mr. Manafort faced.

Mr. Trump praised Mr. Manafort on Wednesday for refusing to “break” and cooperate with federal prosecutors.

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President Trump lashed out at Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

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Jeff Sessions said that as long as he was the attorney general, he would not be influenced by politics.CreditBridget Bennett for The New York Times

With Mr. Cohen’s guilty plea and Mr. Manafort’s conviction minutes apart on Tuesday, Mr. Trump’s efforts to dismiss the criminal investigations engulfing his administration were crippled. The president’s lawyers have urged him to avoid considering pardons until the inquiries are over.

Mr. Trump lashed out on Thursday at Attorney General Jeff Sessions, blaming the Justice Department for the investigations, and then he urged Mr. Sessions on Friday to look into “corruption” on the “other side.” Mr. Sessions returned the reprimand on Thursday with a rare statement of defiance, warning Mr. Trump not to intrude on federal law enforcement.

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The E.P.A. announced new coal pollution regulation.

The Brandon Shores Power Plant near Baltimore. The Trump administration’s overhaul of Obama-era pollution rules is likely to set the stage for years of legal clashes.CreditMark Wilson/Getty Images

Andrew Wheeler, the acting administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, signed a plan on Monday to weaken the regulation of coal-fired power plants.

It’s a long-anticipated overhaul of Obama-era rules that environmentalists criticized as a retreat from efforts to counter climate change. It could also enable some of the United States’ dirtiest remaining coal plants to be refurbished and keep running without modern pollution controls.

A Trump administration analysis revealed Tuesday that the new rules could lead to as many as 1,400 premature deaths annually by 2030 because of an increase in the extremely fine particulate matter that is linked to heart and lung disease.

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In Congress, more fraud charges, Brett Kavanaugh’s looming confirmation and John McCain’s announcement.

Representative Duncan Hunter, Republican of California, and his wife are accused of spending tens of thousands of dollars of campaign funds on personal expenses.CreditJoe Raedle/Getty Images

Senator John McCain, Republican of Arizona, will no longer receive treatment for his brain cancer, his family said Friday. He had been undergoing treatment since July 2017.

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Mr. Trump canceled Mike Pompeo’s planned trip to North Korea.

Mr. Trump said he had asked Mike Pompeo, the secretary of state, to cancel next week’s trip to North Korea.CreditTom Brenner for The New York Times

On Friday, Mr. Trump abruptly canceled Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s planned trip to North Korea, citing a lack of progress in denuclearization talks. The announcement came a day after Mr. Pompeo announced a special envoy to handle negotiations with the North and to accompany him next week.

In other diplomacy efforts, bilateral trade talks between the United States and China restarted this week. But it ended on Thursday with little sign of progress as Washington moved ahead with additional tariffs.

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Primaries, special election results and preparation for the November midterms.

A guard outside the Kremlin in June in Moscow.CreditChristopher Furlong/Getty Images

Vital Kremlin informants have largely gone silent ahead of the November midterm elections, leaving American spy agencies in the dark about what Russia’s intentions are.

The Democratic National Committee reported that a suspected hacking attempt this week on its voter database was a false alarm, as the unusual activity was a test to determine the organization’s security.

Republicans in Wyoming rejected President Trump’s preferred candidate in their governor’s race on Tuesday and renominated Senator John Barrasso, a 15-year Republican veteran of Wyoming politics.

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